Curriculum and Capstone Adviser; Manager of Academic Curriculum; Faculty
Location: University of Notre Dame Open Date: Mar 30, 2021 Deadline: Apr 26, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Description:Are you interested in helping to lead one of the most dynamic, innovative graduate programs in technology and entrepreneurship in the world with global reach and impact; to have the opportunity to help shape and learn from some of the brightest young technology minds from around the globe? Are you keen to advance the bold and ambitious goal of Notre Dame 'to be a powerful force for good in the world' through innovation and entrepreneurship, through 'fixing things that matter?'
We in the ESTEEM Graduate Program, as part of the IDEA Center at Notre Dame, have a vision to unlock discoveries, fuel genius and advance the Common Good. A creative and innovative lifelong learner with the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse population; able to problem solve within a collaborative team environment. We are looking for a highly qualified, passionate change agent to be a catalyst for impact - both within our ESTEEM Graduate Program, our IDEA Center and across Our Lady's University.
ESTEEM is the only academic program within the IDEA Center and is positioned to help lead a significant growth in academic programming (with a substantial experiential learning construct) across the entire university (for graduate and undergraduate students). We are committed to having all students - from any discipline - participate in this rapidly growing ecosystem of innovation and startups here at Notre Dame and the broader community. We are committed to fostering an equitable, inclusive culture, and engaging and hiring a diverse workforce.
About the ESTEEM Graduate Program
The ESTEEM Graduate Program is a one-year Master of Science degree program at the University of Notre Dame that equips students from technical backgrounds with the skills and experience to launch new businesses, become innovators within large corporations, and be leaders of dynamic, innovative teams. Over the course of a year, students are immersed in an entrepreneurial sandbox, where they get their hands dirty with entrepreneurship and innovation through a cutting-edge curriculum, a capstone commercialization project for an emerging technology, and outstanding out-of-the-classroom experiences.
ESTEEM emphasizes the action of entrepreneurship, not just the study of it. By the time they graduate, due to the rigorous academic experience (including a high degree of experiential learning), exposure to real-life business ventures, and exceptional mentorship, ESTEEM students find their technical skills impactful and marketable in a rapidly changing economy. Students are launched into career tracks outside of narrow technical roles, taking positions of leadership at the intersection of business and innovation.
About the IDEA Center
The IDEA Center is the University of Notre Dame's collaborative innovation hub dedicated to expanding the technological and societal impact of the University's innovations. It provides the necessary space, services and expertise for idea development, commercialization, business formation, prototyping, entrepreneurial education and student entrepreneurial efforts. It is designed to bring the best Notre Dame faculty, staff and student ideas and innovations to market.
Capstone Project Advising (50%)
Serve as a capstone project adviser to 20-25 ESTEEM graduate students. The adviser will meet with individual students weekly or biweekly to discuss project progress, grade capstone deliverables, participate in two formal presentations for each student, and maintain regular communication with project sponsors.
Assist with regular capstone meetings for the entire ESTEEM class throughout the entire academic year.
Help other ESTEEM staff members with sourcing capstone projects from a variety of companies and matching students to projects.
Provide input into annual updates to the Capstone Program re: continuous improvement and the advancement of the capstone program as the cornerstone applied learning within ESTEEM.
Lead the design, execution and on-going monitoring and review of all in-class curriculum for the ESTEEM Graduate Program. This includes performing an annual review of the ESTEEM curriculum and making necessary changes based on internal feedback from faculty, students and other stakeholders, including doing regular 'user research' with students and faculty. This also includes reviewing relevant comparative market data/information; i.e. benchmarking to similar programs at other universities as well as startup incubators, accelerators and design studios that offer academic entrepreneurial programming). Build, along with other faculty, clear descriptions of each course, including content, objectives and defined desired learning outcomes; identify areas of overlap and gaps in the ESTEEM curriculum and provide solutions.
Core responsibilities include: Identifying exceptional faculty for teaching in ESTEEM with a focus on subject matter expertise and experience; recruiting faculty from within the IDEA Center; the Mendoza College of Business; the College of Engineering; the College of Science; the College of Arts and Letters; etc. as well as external adjunct faculty where appropriate; working with the Provost's Office to ensure execution of logistics related to faculty appointments, setting and processing compensation and other related administrative requirements as part of the hiring/onboarding process for faculty; and working with the Registrar's Office to ensure all classes are inputted correctly into the system (through CourseLeaf) as well as determining appropriate classroom assignments.
Work with ESTEEM teaching faculty and provide any necessary feedback on their class structure and syllabus; build relationships with faculty that lead to an increased consistency in rigor and overall excellence for the ESTEEM academic experience; work with both faculty and students to establish better overall communication and interaction between faculty and students and other key stakeholders. Connect with all teaching faculty after course completion to gather feedback on their teaching experience; review CIF scores and student feedback with all teaching faculty.
. Work with the Office of Digital Learning to determine strategy around digital learning opportunities for ESTEEM students; design and implement an overall digital learning vision and strategy for ESTEEM over the course of the next 3-5 years.
Teach a minimum of 2-3 courses in the ESTEEM curriculum based on the candidate's background
Serve in the role of Assistant Teaching Professor (Faculty designation)
Accompany ESTEEM students on all outside of the classroom trips/experiences, including local/regional tracks, Indianapolis, Chicago, the Silicon Valley Trip over Spring Break and any others
Assist ESTEEM recruiting efforts by speaking with prospective students
Provide ad hoc career advising to students
Participate in a variety of IDEA Center initiatives
Job Type: Full-time
Travel: 10-15% of the time
Salary Range: Very competitive salary + benefits compensation package commensurate with overall education and experience
Qualifications: Minimum Qualifications
Minimum of a Masters degree, preferably in Engineering, Science, Design, Innovation, Entrepreneurship or Business (MBA). A PhD in Engineering, Science, Design, Innovation, Entrepreneurship or Business is preferred (but not required). A strong track record in research and technology commercialization and/or startups
Strong self-starter with experience in team-based cross-disciplinary projects
Strong involvement with and exposure to design and product development including market studies, business model development, and prototyping technologies
Experience in entrepreneurship (either as a founder/co-founder or employee in another fast growing startup); demonstrated history of helping to create, grow and manage companies, programs, lab facilities, etc. with demonstrated results
Able to effectively communicate with a wide spectrum of audiences including science and engineering professionals as well as business leaders and entrepreneurs
Strong proficiency in conducting market exploration and market assessments related to the commercialization of research and/or startups
Excellent written and oral presentation skills
Some understanding of the Business Model Canvas and Lean Startup Methodology
This appointment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Applicants will be asked to identify all felony convictions and/or pending felony charges. Felony convictions do not automatically bar an individual from employment. Each case will be examined separately to determine the appropriateness of employment in the particular position. Failure to be forthcoming or dishonesty with respect to felony disclosures can result in the disqualification of a candidate. The full procedure can be viewed at https://facultyhandbook.nd.edu/?id=link-73597.
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